Keep room for conscience in medicine, says Bishop of Shrewsbury
The Bishop of Shrewsbury is urging Catholics to actively support efforts in Parliament to ensure that the rights of doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists to object to participating in abortions and other procedures against human life are legally protected.
Bishop Mark Davies commended the Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill that was introduced into the House of Lords by Baroness O’Loan during his Easter Sunday homily.
Stressing the Bills importance, he pointed out that it comes at a time when attempts are being made to stifle the expression of conscience and to restrict the witness of Christians in public life and the professions.
The bishop warned the congregation gathered in Shrewsbury Cathedral not to be deceived by a “false and uneasy peace” but to beware of the accumulation of subtle changes to nullify the voices and consciences of Christians in society before rendering their places “unsustainable” by demanding their participation in activities contrary to Christian teaching.Tags: Abortion, Baroness O’Loan, Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, conscience, Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill, Diocese of Shrewsbury, doctor, doctors, Easter, House of Lords, human life, medical, medicine, midwife, midwives, nurse, nurses, pharmacist, pharmacists, protect, protected, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Cathedral